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Sunday 22 September 2019
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GM champion awards

Awards shortlist for innovative project at Salford Royal

A Salford Royal team supporting patients to make positive lifestyle changes has been shortlisted in this year’s Greater Manchester Health and Care Champion Awards.


The Musculoskeletal CATS (clinical assessment and treatment service), Integration of Health Checks programme, provides detailed assessment and evidence-based treatment for around 9,000 patients with musculoskeletal disorders in Salford each year.


In 2016 the service underwent public health service improvement and an innovation project was set up alongside Salford CCG, whereby some patients were given a health check, or for those that qualified a full NHS health check was given, as part of their appointment.  This was considered a significant success and was expanded to enable most patients to be given this assessment in 2018.


The project – which has been shortlisted in the innovation category - has required the integration of a new role for Therapy Assistants who perform the health checks prior to the patient’s musculoskeletal assessments.


Alex Hardern, Advanced MSK Practitioner at Salford Royal, said: “This collaborative service redesign has now embedded opportunistic health assessments, NHS Health Checks and diabetes checks within routine musculoskeletal assessments allowing us to take a more focussed approach on health promotion principles with the aim of supporting our patients with musculoskeletal problems to make positive lifestyle changes.”


The Greater Manchester Health and Care Champion Awards are the only awards that celebrate and recognise our employed and unwaged workforce right across Greater Manchester, who regularly go above and beyond to improve the health and wellbeing of the people in our communities.


Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham said: “These awards are an opportunity to recognise the people who work around the clock to keep our communities well. I am really pleased that so many people have got involved and sent in their nominations.”


Winners will be announced at a ceremony in July.